DEVELOPMENT

A new report reveals the scale of the challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa if it is to hit its sustainable development targets, with most countries scoring badly across almost all goals

New ideas in drugs war

Next month will see a pivotal UN summit review strategies to combat the criminal drugs trade. Could the new Sustainable Development Goals lead the way?
2015 saw an estimated 1.1 million migrants and asylum seekers arrive within Germany’s borders. But it won’t prevent the country’s long-term demographic decline

The mosquito trap

Could an innovative ‘smart’ lighting system also help put a stop to the worldwide growth of dengue fever?
Among all the negative headlines emerging from the developing nations of the world, the ODI is keen to highlight the positive development stories which have emerged over the past few decades

The Money Trail

Remittance payments are a fundamental, yet often overlooked, part of the global economy. But the impact on nations receiving the money isn’t just a financial one

The tree exchange

How much is a household connection to the national grid worth? Or to have an asphalt road? In some of the least developed parts of Lao it can cost upwards of $600,000. Geographical discovers that in order to meet those costs,…

Off your bike

According to data from 148 countries, global bike ownership has halved in the last 30 years

Stemming the flow

Development in sub-Saharan Africa is being undermined by a growing number of malaria cases, with people living near dams at least three times more likely to contract the disease

Pollution in Delhi

Could the geography of Delhi be exacerbating its life-threatening air pollution?

Defining poverty

The benchmark for extreme poverty was established as a daily wage of $1 per day in 2000, as an average poverty line across developing countries and had been viewed as a suspiciously neat figure

Healing the world

Médecins Sans Frontières provides emergency responses to humanitarian crises around the world. But a lack of attention to these incidents means that much of the world’s long-term healthcare rests on their shoulders

Going for goals

This weekend, world leaders will convene in New York. Top of the agenda is the need to officially adopt replacements for the eight Millennium Development Goals

Mine-free Mozambique

Once one of the worst landmine-afflicted countries in the world, Mozambique can now celebrate being officially ‘mine-free’

Once were warriors

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is piloting a programme to help rehabilitate former child soldiers of Congolese armed forces

Boomtown rats

Giant African rats will soon be undertaking an important and dangerous job in Cambodia; locating the millions of unexploded landmines left over after over 30 years of conflict

The goat economy

Since Saudi Arabia lifted an export ban on Somaliland’s livestock in 2009, the breakaway state has seen a boom in the trade of livestock, particularly goats

The Tianjin fallout

Geographical looks at the forthcoming impacts the devastation could have on the rest of the country, after an enormous explosion destroyed a large portion of the port of Tianjin

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